• 26th Oct, 2015
    October 25-31, 2015

    SPRINGFIELD - – Governor Bruce Rauner has issued a proclamation declaring that Illinois will observe National Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, October 25-31, 2015.  The Illinois Department of Public Health joins Governor Rauner, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to build awareness around the hazards of lead poisoning during this week of observance.  Lead poisoning occurs most often from exposure to lead-contaminated dust created by deteriorating lead-based paint. In addition, other lead-containing products may also lead to exposure and result in life-long...

  • 22nd Oct, 2015
    Precautionary Statement Lifted

    SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency announced today that recent samples taken from the Illinois portion of the Ohio River indicate that levels of the blue-green algal toxin are well below advisory thresholds for recreational activities in the river.  Therefore, IDPH and IEPA are removing the precautionary statement pertaining to the Illinois portion of the Ohio River due to potential toxins from blue-green algae.  
    Last month, IDPH and IEPA urged residents to use caution while in or on the Ohio River due to potential toxins from blue-green algae.  Blue-green algae are microscopic organisms that naturally occur in lakes and streams.  Rapid growth of algae is referred to as a “bloom.” 
    The Ohio...

  • 19th Oct, 2015
    Nearly 1,000 to be Sworn In At Ceremony Honoring IL’s Service Volunteers
    SPRINGFIELD – Governor Rauner has declared  October 21, 2015 National Service Recognition Day.  On Wednesday, nearly 1,000 Illinoisans will pledge their continuing commitment to helping their communities at the 21st Annual Illinois’ National Service Recognition Day.  The event will be in Springfield on October 21 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center, will include a walk to the Old State Capitol, and is open to the press.
    “I am proud to welcome these new AmeriCorps members and Senior Corps volunteers into the national service family – they are the heart of everything we do,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the Corporation for...